North Salem Boys Lose to Putnam Valley, Rally for Rye Neck Roast

North Salem’s Kendrick Tchoua goes to the basket at Putnam Valley. Credits: Skip Pearlman
Ryan Donovan of North Salem drives in the paint in a loss at Putnam Valley last week. Credits: Skip Pearlman

NORTH SALEM, N.Y.-The North Salem High School boys basketball team had an opportunity to make a statement last Thursday at Putnam Valley, but the home team came out on fire and rang up a 61-49 victory.

With the win, Putnam Valley (16–2) clinched the league 3E title.

The Tigers of Putnam Valley jumped out to a big 29-9 first-quarter lead.

Sign Up for E-News

“They beat us twice and won the league title,” North Salem coach Henry Sassone said. “They jumped out on us early in the first quarter. We cut it to eight in the third, but we didn’t have quite enough to get back in.”

Sassone called it “a very physical game. We really didn’t come out ready to play, it’s hard to explain—I guess we got caught up in the moment.“

Kendrick Tchoua led North Salem with nine points and Ryan Donovan added eight points.

Saturday at home, the Tigers rebounded with a 91-40 roasting of Rye Neck.

Tchoua led North Salem (9–7) with 29 points in 16 minutes of play. The Tigers’ big man added 14 rebounds, two blocks, four assists and a steal. Kevin Ryan had 12 points, Donovan had 10 and Chris Alterio added nine.

“We came out and played pretty well,“ Sassone said. “Rye Neck was working hard, but we were just too big for them, and we shot the ball well—that was the difference.”

As the season winds down, Sassone feels his roster is rounding into playoff shape.

“We play 16 games, and we’ve had 11 starting lineups so far,“ he said. “I think we’re on to something now. We’re hoping to win all four games we have left, and we have a shot to be a four, five or six seed.“

North Salem was set to host league rival Haldane Wednesday, Feb. 7, and will travel to Pawling for a 6 p.m. game Friday. The Tigers, who are in Class B, travel to Alexander Hamilton Saturday at 4 p.m. for a rematch of last year‘s Class C title game.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

North Salem

Upcoming Events

Mon, April 30

North Salem Tax Office, North Salem

A Reminder From The North Salem Tax Office

Business & Finance Government

Sat, May 19, 10:00 AM

FDR State Park, Yorktown Heights

BluePath Service Dogs 2nd Annual Walkathon

Giving Back

Sun, May 20

Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park , Yorktown Heights

2nd Annual Northwell Health Walk at Westchester

Arts & Entertainment Giving Back Health & Wellness

The power of less productivity

Many of the people I meet are trying to do too much. This can be in the domain of home, work or community groups. Often the problem is that these people volunteer to help but do so to their own detriment and then become overwhelmed and ineffective. I have clients who volunteer to join committees, run errands, do someone else’s job or say they will show up for an event when they should just ...

‘Sister Act’: A Musical Like Nun Other

Of all the Broadway musicals I’ve seen over the years at Westchester Broadway Theatre, only a handful have elicited the noisily enthusiastic audience response I observed at the recent opening night of “Sister Act.”

There were outbursts of applause in the middle of some numbers, and several clever turns of phrase sprinkled in the dialogue landed squarely, to the delight of big ...

Cleaning the Empty Nest

Part of the shock of being a part-time empty nester is when the kids come back to visit and I have to watch my house transform overnight from a pristine haven of OCD goodness to a place that looks like an explosion happened at Forever 21.

After my kids moved mostly out, I put away whatever tchotchkes they chose to leave behind and then I put on a hazmat suit and cleaned their rooms until they ...